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growl

[groul] /graʊl/
verb (used without object)
1.
to utter a deep guttural sound of anger or hostility:
The dog growled at the mail carrier.
2.
to murmur or complain angrily; grumble.
3.
to rumble:
The thunder growled.
4.
Jazz. to use flutter-tonguing in playing a wind instrument.
verb (used with object)
5.
to express by growling.
noun
6.
the act or sound of growling.
7.
Jazz. the technique of flutter-tonguing.
Origin
1350-1400
1350-1400; Middle English groule to rumble (said of the bowels); cognate with German grollen
Related forms
growlingly, adverb
undergrowl, noun
ungrowling, adjective
Synonyms
2. See complain.
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Examples from the web for growling
  • Occasionally the hyenas would turn on one another, growling and snapping with blood-spattered muzzles.
  • With other people, including friends and family he starts barking and growling the minute he sees them.
  • The growling of timber saws comes from his lumberyard, where piles of rosewood lie unhidden.
  • The cheetahs were growling and hissing at us, warning us to back away and give them the food.
  • We muzzled him during the exam, as he would not stop growling.
  • We can be playing ball and someone walks by and he's ok, but the minute they talk to him he starts barking and growling.
  • Pinning the dog to the ground and growling at him so that you can show your top dog.
  • They were not barking, but sniffing and growling in a curious fashion.
  • It was full of green and red, and on the roof sat a live polar bear who was growling.
  • Therefore the dog would remain, growling constantly and occasionally lunging at me, throughout the interview.
British Dictionary definitions for growling

growl

/ɡraʊl/
verb
1.
(of animals, esp when hostile) to utter (sounds) in a low inarticulate manner: the dog growled at us
2.
to utter (words) in a gruff or angry manner: he growled an apology
3.
(intransitive) to make sounds suggestive of an animal growling: the thunder growled around the lake
noun
4.
the act or sound of growling
5.
(jazz) an effect resembling a growl, produced at the back of the throat when playing a wind instrument
Derived Forms
growlingly, adverb
Word Origin
C18: from earlier grolle, from Old French grouller to grumble
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Word Origin and History for growling

growl

v.

1660s, from Middle English grollen "to rumble, growl" (early 15c.), from Old French grouler "to rumble," said to be from Frankish; probably ultimately of imitative origin. Related: Growled; growling. The noun is 1727, from the verb.

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Slang definitions & phrases for growling

growl

verb

To complain; mutter angrily (1707+)


The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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